2000 Netletter #464 March 2000

#464 March 2000




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Number 464  March 26th, 2000,  We first Published in October 1995


Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson   -    Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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. We welcome -
Tom Bryce Cargo Services Specialist lives in Pitt Meadows, BC
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Lucien Guillaume retired Manager, Contract Service administration
lives in St. Jacobs, ON email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Edward (Ted) Berrie retired Lead Mechanic Millwright Shop living
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. Ian Gardner sends this message from OZ -
Many thanks to both yourself and Terry and confirm that am receiving
letters regularly and find lots in them of interest particularly when
we receive very little Canadian news. Any movement as to changes in the
AC/CAI-story of particular importance e.g. plans of AC to operates
international route to Sydney, Aus.- as we were hoping to make a trip
to see our son later this year.
Meanwhile, for the record, a potted history of the 30 plus yrs spent
with the Company :
Joined TCA in Prestwick, Sep 1947 as P/A then Rsvns and finally Sales Rep.
In 1963 moved to HQ Sales and Marketing until l969 apart from two brief
spells at YHZ airport prior to moving to Prague beginning of 1970 to set up
Sales and Ops there for start of new service. Moved back to HQ again late
1970 again in Sales/Mktg prior to moving to MBJ part 72/73 before returning
to HQ in Planning and Industry Affairs, remaining there until retirement in
late ''77. Brief spell as consultant with Jim English in Cayman Islands in
'78 before moving to Geneva at end of year to join IATA for 2 years.
Finally retired to Scotland at start of l980 enjoying return to homeland
for 16 years but regular trips to OZ to see two daughters and families
finally persuaded us to move ourselves out to the sunshine in Tasmania. So
far no regrets whatsoever except that we are further away than ever from
son Neil and family in YQM.
Best regards and good wishes for the continuing good work in keeping us in
touch. Ian Gardner-------  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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. From RAPCAN issued by Duane Frerichs This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
. Golfers take note ...
Subject: Air Canada Flight Operations Golf Tournament - Toronto
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2000 9:22 AM
Hopefully this year will have a better turnout of the retired pilots.
Air Canada Flight Operations Annual Golf Tournament - Toronto
This year's tournament will be held at the Flamborough Hills Golf Club
in Ontario on Wednesday June 14th, 2000 with the proceeds to be
donated to DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT. Last year thanks to many individuals,
companies and organizations, we were able to donate over $2,500.00 to
DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT.
The cost for golf and dinner is $85.00 with the tee-off times scheduled
to begin at 11:00am and dinner to begin at approximately 6:30pm.
For further information please contact First Officers Karen & Don Mundell
at 905-689-4306 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Information and directions to the Flamborough Hills Golf Club can be
found at their website http://www.flamborohills-golf.com/


From: Edward Hill
Subject: fight in cockpit


It was interesting to read about this "fight in cockpit" in your latest
newsletter.
It brings back memories when I was a DC-9 Capt. flying into YYT.
My F/O was Jean Guy Page and we were about 800ft on final when this
drunk came bursting into the cockpit and hammered me on the right side
of my head. I yelled at Jean Guy for help while I concentrated on flying
the airplane and making a decision whether to land or go around.
With all the commotion in the cockpit I decided to land and declared an
emergency. The tower got hold of the Mounties and when we stopped on the
runway the flt. attendant opened the front door and the Mounties
proceeded up the stairs. Meanwhile our attacker met the Mounties at the
door and cold cocked one of them and down the stairs he flew. The rest of
the Mounties finally subdued him and gave him the what for.
He was arrested and thrown in the local jail. Meanwhile I was laying
charges against him along with the Mounties. A few days later I received
a phone call from one of AC lawyers to ask me if I would consider
dropping the charges. I asked why and he advised me he was a priest on
holidays and he drank too much rum before leaving YHZ. Also the Mounties
worked him over that week-end. I reluctantly agreed and that was the end
of it.
Thought it might be interesting reading for your viewers.
edward hill < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >



TERMINATION OF ALASKA AIRLINES (AS) CODESHARE
CDN and AS have agreed they will end their codeshare on Aug. 20.
CATHAY PACIFIC (CX) CODESHARE ALSO ENDS IN AUGUST
CRA UPDATE
In response to employees concerns, CRA answered the following questions
from their employees this week:
Q. What is the status of the Regional integration process?
A. An integration structure has been formalized that outlines
responsibilities for core departments and sub teams. These teams are
working to find "quick wins" and synergies in our current operations,
as well as determine the best path forward as we move toward a single
Regional airline. In the meantime, we remained focused on the
priorities of maintaining safe and reliable operations, and
implementing the Summer 2000 Schedule.
Q. Is AA talking to the government about buying CRA?
A. Media reports indicate AA has been in discussion with the federal
government regarding foreign ownership laws. However, we have
received  no indication of an interest to purchase CRA from any party.
THE TOP OF THE WORLD
The Ottawa Citizen recently reported that as early as next year,
Canadian airlines and their passengers could be saving significant time
and money flying non-stop to Asia over the top of the world and through
once-forbidden Siberian airspace via new polar air routes. The current
flight time for a Boeing 747-400 travelling from YYZ to DEL, via the
traditional North Pacific route, is 15 hours and 25 minutes. Nav Canada
estimates a more direct polar route would trim that by about 2 hours.
YVR to DEL would save 4 hours and NYC to HKG would save 5 hours.

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. From the YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn
Under the integratons plans for the regional airlines it looks like
all Beech 1900 operations across the country are going to be operating
under the Air Alliance banner, including Air Georgian and Central
Mountain Air out west.
WestJet Airlines is expecting to take delivery of another 737-200
shortly.  This one will be ex-LAN Chile and is due in Abbotsford for
mods prior to entering WestJet service.  Another 737 may be coming from
El Al to bolster their fleet.


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. Found on the internet.
British Airways is committed to All Employee Share Ownership.
Presently 4% of BA shares are currently held by employees - the
airline would like that figure to be 10%. In an effort to increase
this %, BA employees will be invited to join a 3 year scheme and
commit to saving regular monthly amounts and receive a tax-free bonus
at the end. The price has been fixed for the next 3 years at 238p.


Toronto will be the first of 8 North American gateways to enjoy
British Airways' new Next generation four-class products.
Starting Jan 2001, double daily with B777 and B747 equipment with
early and late departures. BA has serviced Toronto for the
past 40 years.


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. Northwest is the first major carrier to allow customers to complete
their entire check-in process via the internet - including printing
boarding passes from their own PC's. The technology, which is being
tested on selected corporate clients, should be available to all
passengers by early 2001.


. Ten of Europe's biggest airlines are in advanced talks on setting
up an internet travel agency. British Airways is spearheading the
travel agency, dubbed Online Travel Portal. It looks set to
include Air France, Lufthansa, KLM and Swissair. It is estimated
that a saving of GBP1 million a year from selling through its planned
e-commerce venture.


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. Help!
Pearl Piers is still looking for some hotel contacts in Rome, Italy.
Anyone help out here?
Pearl Piers  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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. Terry's travel tips.


Channel Islands -
The Pontiac House Hotel, Jersey until May 15th
3 nights B&B @ GBP72.00 pp Half board @ GBP87.00
Seaview/Balcony includes car hire (excl CDW & gas)
full English breakfast and Dinner (HB)
All rooms en-suite.
Phone 01534-857771


Visiting Nashville?
Some hotels in the airport area, with prices until June -
Wingate Inn $59.00 1-4 people continental breakfast 615-884-9777
Red Roof Inns $39.99 Mon-Sat 1-4 people $34.99 Sun 615-872-0735
Family Inns $28.77-$36.77 2-4 people cont. breakfast 615-889-5090
Days Inn $42.95 1-4 people cont. breakfast 615-889-8881.
The above offers are only available with a discount coupon from the
Travel Coupons booklet available free at MacDonalds or Denny's or
visit http://www.travelcoupons.com and print your own!.


****Princess*****
*Panama Canal*
Sea Princess - 11 Day Panama Canal - 4/29 from Ft. Lauderdale to Acapulco
Rates starting at $799.00
Dawn Princess - 11 Day Panama Canal - 4/30 from San Juan to Acapulco
Rates starting at $699.00
Ocean Princess - 11 Day Panama Canal - 4/22 from San Juan to Acapulco
Rates starting at $699.00
Sun Princess - 10 Day Panama Canal - 10/10 from Acapulco to San Juan
Rates starting at $999.00
Sun Princess - 10 Day Panama Canal 10/20, 10/30, 11/9, 11/19, 11/29 & 12/9
Sail between Pt. Caldera and San Juan Rates starting at $999.00 
Crown Princess - 10 Day Panama Canal 10/31, 11/10, 11/20, 11/30 & 12/10
Sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale Rates starting at $999.00
*Mexico*
Sea Princess - 7 Day Mexico - 5/10  from Acapulco to Los Angeles
Rates starting at $399.00
Dawn Princess - 7 Day Mexico - 5/11 from Acapulco to Los Angeles
Rates starting at $399.00
Ocean Princess - 7 Day Mexico - 5/3 from Acapulco to Los Angeles
Rates starting at $399.00
Sun Princess - 7 Day Mexico - 4/29  from Acapulco to San Francisco
Rates starting at $399.00
*Trans-Atlantic*
Grand Princess - 15 Day Trans-Atlantic - 5/21 from Ft. Lauderdale
to Barcelona Rates starting at $1,299.00
Crown Princess - 12 Day Mediterranean/Atlantic - 5/9  from Rome to
Copenhagen Rates starting at $899.00
Grand Princess -12 Day Grand Mediterranean - 6/5 from Barcelona to
Istanbul Rates starting at $999.00
*Caribbean*
Grand Princess - 7 Day Caribbean - 4/30 roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale
Rates starting at $499.00
*****Holland America*****
Ryndam - 7 Day Western Caribbean  4/8  roundtrip from
Ft. Lauderdale $538.00 - Inside  $588.00 - Outside Cabin
Veendam - 7 Day Western Caribbean - 4/9 roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale
$538.00 - Inside Cabin  $588.00 - Outside Cabin
Volendam - 7 Day Eastern Caribbean - 4/14  roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale
$538.00 - Inside Cabin $588.00 - Outside Cabin
Sailings are limited - Call  1-800-345-7576 or 812-474-6744.
Fares are cruise only, per person, based on double
occupancy, subject to availability, and do include
port taxes.  Rates are quoted in US Dollars.
Eligible interline people include the airline employee,
spouse of employee, parents or parent-in-laws
(Princess Only) of employee, retirees of the airlines,
and those guests sharing the same cabin with the eligible interline person.


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. Tail End.
Airlines are forever trying to outdo each other for business class
passengers. How about this! The description was -
'The cabin is done in an 18th century palace, with stunning decor,
fine furniture, bookcases, elegant columns, panelling and inlaid
wooden tables'.
Alas, such luxury was not being offered by an ultra-competitive
airline .. but on a B737  Boeing Business Jet.


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